Alberta cattle producer plebiscite regulations announced
(Calgary, Alberta) September 21, 2018 - Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) is working together with industry groups for a stronger Alberta beef industry that invests in the future, drives efficiencies and cultivates opportunities.
You can vote to decide if check-off should continue to be refundable or become non-refundable between October 19 and November 13, 2018 at one of the 27 ABP fall meetings around the province, by mail, or in person at the 46 AFSC offices in Alberta. Marketing Council will send information packages about the plebiscite to producers in the coming weeks.
A producer plebiscite is your opportunity to make a decision on future funding for your organization and industry. ABP has issued over $20 million in refunds since 2010 and many producers believe that this money would generate greater benefits if invested in industry initiatives.
The basis for the pursuit of a non-refundable check-off is our plan to create the Alberta Beef Industry Development Fund (ABIDF). Plans for the ABIDF and an agreement between ABP and Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association (ACFA) on the allocation of a non-refundable check-off were the reasons ACFA is supporting the plebiscite.
“I encourage all cattle producers to vote this fall in the plebiscite to decide on funding for the future of your industry. ABP and ACFA have committed to working together on trade challenges, farm safety issues, investing in research and many other important issues facing the cattle industry. Please get out and vote,” said Ryan Kasko, ACFA Chair.
A successful plebiscite would see the creation of the ABIDF. This fund would support the beef industry through strategic investments of producer check-off dollars in research and technology transfer, market development, education, consumer advocacy, and industry collaboration. The return to a non-refundable service charge would provide approximately $1.4 million annually in funding for the ABIDF.
“This plebiscite represents an enormous opportunity for producers and our industry. Producers have the chance to decide how their commission should be funded and the industry has the chance to invest another $2.2 to $2.5 million annually in strategic projects to make it stronger. This is your decision so please make sure you vote in the plebiscite,” said Charlie Christie, ABP Chair.
Under the proposed funding structure, ABP will retain $1.35 per head of the $2 check-off, which is approximately the amount we currently retain after refunds are issued. The ABP allocation includes 53 cents per head to support the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and a rebate paid to check-off remitters, currently 5 cents per head. ABP and ACFA agreed that 40 cents per head, close to $1.4 million per year, would be contributed to the ABIDF. Twenty-five cents per head, around $850,000 per year, will be allocated to ACFA to cover operational costs and their commitment to the National Cattle Feeders’ Association. Producers who do not want 25 cents per head to go to ACFA may apply to have this money allocated to the ABIDF.
The 2018 Fall Producer Meetings schedule can be found here: http://www.albertabeef.org/uploads/2018fallmeetingdatespdf-853.pdf
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